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PARADISEC 2013 Workshop on digital tools and methods for language documentation



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Workshop on digital tools and methods for language documentation

Dates: 3rd-4th December 2013

Venue: University of Melbourne, Australia


Keynote Speakers:

Alexandre Arkhipov (Moscow State University) will speak on methods used by his research to build an integrated documentation and analysis system.

[Andreas Witt is no longer able to attend]

Conference details

We will not be arranging accommodation.

There will be no registration fee

Following the model of the EMELD project and the subsequent meeting Digital Tools Summit in Linguistics this workshop aims to bring together practitioners who are building tools or methods that will facilitate the work of creating good language documentation. Are there tools we need but do not have? Can we adapt current tools to fill these gaps?

A list of tools we are aware of appear below and we hope that the workshop will reveal yet more.

  • Elan
  • Toolbox
  • Fieldworks
  • ExSite9
  • SayMore
  • etc


    The tools/methods within the scope of this workshop facilitate any part of the workflow involved in language documentation, including, but not limited to:

  • Recording (e.g. BOLD)
  • Metadata creation
  • Transcription
  • Annotation (including interlinear text)
  • Data management
  • Lexical data management
  • The Text Encoding Initiative and its uses for Language Documentation projects

    Proposed program: Presentations of 20 minutes +10 for questions.

    Discussion and plenary workshop

    Paper abstracts due 31 May 2013, notification by 15 July 10 August 2013 2013.

    Paper proposals should be submitted via the Easy Chair site:

    This workshop will run in association with the conference Research, records and responsibility: Ten years of the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC)

    Supported by the School of Linguistics & Applied Linguistics and the ARC-funded project Doing great things with small languages at the University of Melbourne

    The organising committee is: Linda Barwick, Nick Thieberger, Birgit Hellwig, Andreas Witt, Alexandre Arkhipov, Simon Musgrave, Others TBC

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